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Residents concerned after finding dead animals in neighborhood

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Debbie Eden said her neighbor, Jay, brought the death of a cat to her attention after getting  home one evening. (Source: WECT) Debbie Eden said her neighbor, Jay, brought the death of a cat to her attention after getting home one evening. (Source: WECT)
Earlier that morning, he had found two dead cats in the ditch in front of his yard. (Source: WECT) Earlier that morning, he had found two dead cats in the ditch in front of his yard. (Source: WECT)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Residents living in Carolina Shores are concerned after finding three dead animals in their neighborhood, including a dead duck and two cats.

Debbie Eden said her neighbor, Jay, brought the death of a cat to her attention after getting  home one evening. Earlier that morning, he had found two dead cats in the ditch in front of his yard.

"I found a red cat in this back yard over here," said resident Jay Valtenburg, "That's when I became even more disturbed and thought there is a pattern here." Valentenburg owns a dog.

With two cats of her own, Eden is also concerned.

"I don't think it's a coincidence either. Three dead cats in 24 hours?" Eden questioned.

The POA of Village of Calabash sent out a letter later that week to describe the events that unfolded. The letter describes the events as suspicious and asks residents to be on alert for their own pets:

To All Residents/Property Owners:

This notice will serve as an informational warning for all residents to report any suspicious behavior and to keep their pets close to home.  Late last week and over the weekend a total of 3 cats and 1 duck have been found dead in the area of Clubview Lane, and near the intersection of  Putting Lane and Waterview Lane.  The sheriff was called but no report was filed. We are very concerned that this is not a coincidence, however, no marks were found on the cats. If you have any information regarding these incidents, or you witnessed any suspicious behavior, please call or e-mail the POA office. 

Betty Towell, President

The Town of Carolina Shores said they have been investigating the ssuspicious animal deaths:

The Town of Carolina Shores has been notified of reports regarding suspicious animal deaths; we take these reports seriously and appreciate the alertness of our residents and the partnership we have with the Sheriff's Office in keeping our communities safe. At the present time we are looking into this matter and if we believe a criminal act has occurred we will involve the proper authorities. Residents are encouraged to contact Town Hall at 910.575.4877910.575.4877 if they have any information.

The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has been made aware of the issue, but has not been requested to investigate, which is required by the town since it is out of the sheriff's office jurisdiction.

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